Polyvagal Theory is a revolutionary theory that connects the changes in the Autonomic Nervous System(ANS) in relation to trauma, introduced in 1994 by Stephen W. Porges.
The ANS contains three hierarchical states: Safe-and-Connected (ventral vagal), Fight-or-Flight (sympathetic) and Freeze-and-Shutdown (dorsal vagal). The concept of Neuroception was also introduced within the theory that our nervous system has a perception of its own, and it detects and reacts faster than the perception of the mind. In other words, our body feel the situation that we are in way before our mind can consciously comprehend.
When we repetitively experience emotionally overwhelming events that are beyond what normally our body can tolerate or express, the ANS can get stuck in between sympathetic and dorsal vagal. With a focus on the ANS health with body-oriented tools, it helps to discharge energies that are stagnant, as well as regulate and restore your sense of safety, connection and optimal functioning.